you can see, there are three batches of imperial export cameras, batch
#1,#2,#3. It is very clear that batch number
Batch #1 was exclusively send
over to the UK to be sold by Minox Ltd in London.
Only when Minox Inc
in New York was established a year later, were cameras send over to the
Batch #2 was sold in both the UK and US. Its hard
to know exactly in which country.
However there is that mystery of
batch number #3. Sitting right inside the russian occupation of latvia.
No matter how you turn it, these are very unusual. Its obvious that
with the russian occupation, export cameras suddenly disappear. So why
do they re-appear? The mystery of Batch #3.
russian administration approved a new commercial order which was cut short by the war
The russian administration approved the assembly of a small Minox batch for non-commercial/intelligence use
The cameras were assembled as Metric versions, exported (e.g. Switzerland?) and converted to Imperial elsewhere
I have a feeling that it could be the third option.
Export cameras that broke down could have been fixed locally at the
Minox HQ in London or New York. They may thus had stocks of spare parts
and may have been able to exchange the distance dial on some cameras
(until they ran out of parts).